Views of the attack on ISCKON temple in Noakhali, Bangladesh. Image credit - Twitter@ISCKON

Hours after Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s warning, a mob on Friday vandalised the ISKCON temple at Noakhali and attacked its devotees in which one devotee was killed.

The deceased has been identified as ISKCON member Partha Das.

The incident has taken place hours after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had assured that those attacking Hindu temples would be hunted down and punished.

ISCKON in a tweet said Partha Das was killed in the attack by a mob of 200 people on Friday.

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The mob also damaged the ISCKON temple premises.

ISCKON has requested the Bangladesh government to take immediate action in this regard.

“It is with great grief that we share the news of a ISKCON member, Partha Das, who was brutally killed yesterday by a mob of over 200 people. His body was found in a pond next to the temple. We call on the Govt of Bangladesh for immediate action in this regard,” ISCKON tweeted.

The ISKCON temple authority on Friday issued a statement on Twitter saying the temple suffered damage and the condition of one devotee was critical.

“ISKCON temple and devotees were violently attacked today by a mob in Noakhali, Bangladesh. Temple suffered significant damage & the condition of a devotee remains critical. We call on the Government of Bangladesh to ensure the safety of all Hindus and bring the perpetrators to justice,” ISKCON tweeted.

On Thursday, Hindu temples were vandalised by some unidentified miscreants during the celebrations of Durga Puja festival, killing 3 and injuring many others in the riot.

The External Affairs Ministry while reacting to the incident on Thursday said the Bangladesh government promptly reacted to ensure that the situation was under control.

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We have seen some disturbing reports of untoward incidents involving attacks on religious gatherings in Bangladesh. We note that the government of Bangladesh has reacted promptly to ensure control of the situation, including the deployment of law enforcement machinery.”

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